Authentic People at Work ©

There’s an enormous amount of research suggesting that emotional intelligence (EQ) is critical to your performance at work. The EQ of more than a million people has been tested now and by in large these find that EQ explains 58% of success in all types of jobs. People with high EQs make $29,000 more annually than people with low EQs. Ninety percent of top performers have high EQs, and a single-point increase in your EQ adds $1,300 to your salary. Suffice it to say, emotional intelligence is a powerful way to focus your energy in one direction with tremendous results. But there’s a catch. Emotional intelligence won’t do a thing for you if you aren’t genuine. A recent study at the University of Washington found that people don’t accept demonstrations of emotional intelligence at face value. They’re too skeptical for that. They don’t just want to see signs of emotional intelligence. They want to know that it’s authentic — that your emotions are...
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Invited to Do a Phone Interview?

Many companies use phone interviews as an initial employment screening technique for a variety of reasons. Because they're generally brief, phone interviews save companies time. They also serve as a more realistic screening alternative for cases in which companies are considering out-of-town (or out-of-state and foreign) candidates. A phone interview seems so informal on the surface that it can be easy to fall into the trap of "phoning it in" -- i.e., not preparing for it as well as you would for an in-person interview. Don't get caught with your guard down. Be sure to research the company, study the job description, and practice your responses to anticipated questions, just as you would for any other interview. Where is their vulnerability? Do they admit it? Are you a solution? Why? A very important opportunity in phone interviews is when you are asked, “Do you have any questions?” Most people say “no, not right now”. Not only is this the wrong answer, but...
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Crafting Your On-Line Brand, Part VI

I hope you have read part I-V of my blogs related to your personal branding. If not check them out first and return to this post.  This topic is purely you on the Internet and how you need to maintain that consistence you have build in the other 5 ways I have discussed earlier. The Internet has not only changed the way we view the world – it has also changed the way the world views us. So living in a cyber-driven atmosphere means every posted update is just that – your clickable, visible, updated status implicitly or explicitly informs who you are. As such, mindfully choosing an Internet identity could be a wise move. On-line Professional Groups The best place to start phase one of Internet branding might be writing one sentence introductions to really interesting business articles and sharing the link on LinkedIn. Public Advocacy The second place might be in writing and speaking about a highly regarded professional organization like the American...
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